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Botswana's Timeless Wilderness

Weather


outh Africa, in the Southern Hemisphere, has its seasons reversed from the Northern Hemisphere. Winter is May through August, when daytime temperatures in Cape Town and Johannesburg are in the 50s and 60s, dropping to the 30s and 40s at night. With the exception of Cape Town, it rarely rains in the winter. In the summer months (November – March) temperatures in Cape Town and Johannesburg are usually in the 70s and 80s during the day, and 60s at night. There are sometimes afternoon thundershowers, generally lasting about an hour and often including an electrifying display of thunder and lightning. The southwestern Cape (Cape Town) has its own unique weather patterns. Here the rain comes between April and October, with daytime highs in the 50s and nights in the mid 40s.

In Botswana, daytime winter temperatures may reach the 70’s during the day, but drop to the 50’s and low 60’s at night. Daytime summer temperatures may reach the 90’s –100’s during the day, and drop to the 70’s at night. Botswana’s rainy season is in summer (October through March), although much of Botswana is desert, and rainfall numbers are low. All of which make Botswana safaris amazing in every way.

Although Livingstone is hotter and more arid than the rest of Zambia, it is always relatively cool in Victoria Falls itself (due in part to the ever-present mists). There are three different seasons here. May to August is slightly cooler, with temperatures in the 70s during the day and 40s-50s at night. In September and October it is usually hotter, with highs in the 90s and lows in the 60s. The rainy season is in summer (November-March), when temperatures are warm and it is more humid.

Johannesburg

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

57°F (14°C)

79°F (26°C)

February

57°F (14°C)

77°F (25°C)

March

55°F (13°C)

75°F (24°C)

April

50°F (10°C)

72°F (22°C)

May

43°F (6°C)

66°F (19°C)

June

39°F (4°C)

63°F (17°C)

July

39°F (4°C)

63°F (17°C)

August

43°F (6°C)

68°F (20°C)

September

48°F (9°C)

73°F (23°C)

October

54°F (12°C)

77°F (25°C)

November

55°F (13°C)

77°F (25°C)

December

68°F (20°C)

79°F (26°C)

Okavango Delta

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

66°F (19°C)

90°F (32°C)

February

66°F (19°C)

88°F (31° C)

March

64°F (18°C)

88°F (31°C)

April

57°F (14°C)

88°F (31°C)

May

48°F (9°C)

82°F (28°C)

June

43°F (6°C)

77°F (25°C)

July

43°F (12°C)

77°F (25°C)

August

48°F (9°C)

82°F (28°C)

September

55°F (13°C)

91°F (33°C)

October

64°F (18°C)

95°F (35°C)

November

66°F (19°C)

93°F (34°C)

December

66°F (19°C)

90°F (32°C)


Chobe National Park

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

66°F (19°C)

86°F (30°C)

February

66°F (19°C)

87°F (31° C)

March

64°F (18°C)

86°F (30°C)

April

60°F (16°C)

86°F (30°C)

May

52°F (11°C)

82°F (28°C)

June

46°F (8°C)

78°F (25°C)

July

45°F (7°C)

78°F (25°C)

August

50°F (10°C)

83°F (28°C)

September

59°F (15°C)

91°F (33°C)

October

67°F (19°C)

95°F (35°C)

November

68°F (20°C)

92°F (34°C)

December

66°F (19°C)

87°F (31°C)

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

66°F (19°C)

90°F (32°C)

February

66°F (19°C)

88°F (31° C)

March

64°F (18°C)

88°F (31°C)

April

57°F (14°C)

88°F (31°C)

May

48°F (9°C)

82°F (28°C)

June

43°F (6°C)

77°F (25°C)

July

43°F (12°C)

77°F (25°C)

August

48°F (9°C)

82°F (28°C)

September

55°F (13°C)

91°F (33°C)

October

64°F (18°C)

95°F (35°C)

November

66°F (19°C)

93°F (34°C)

December

66°F (19°C)

90°F (32°C)


Victoria Falls

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

63°F (17°C)

90°F (32°C)

February

63°F (17°C)

86°F (30°C)

March

64°F (18°C)

88°F (31°C)

April

57°F (14°C)

84°F (29°C)

May

50°F (10°C)

84°F (29°C)

June

45°F (7°C)

77°F (25°C)

July

43°F (6°C)

77°F (25°C)

August

46°F (8°C)

82°F (28°C)

September

57°F (14°C)

91°F (33°C)

October

64°F (18°C)

93°F (34°C)

November

64°F (18°C)

88°F (31°C)

December

63°F (17°C)

88°F (31°C)